Nairobi is the vibrant capital of Kenya. For those with a little time to spare interesting half or full day trips can be organised to the Karen Blixen Museum, where the bygone era of the pioneering coffee farmer is preserved, the Giraffe Centre, for a close- up experience of the rare Rothschild's giraffe, the colourful city market or the National Museum which all make interesting excursions. Elephant fans should also ask us about visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Holiday Inn Mayfair MID A comfortable hotel with very nice gardens, two pools and a country ' feel' to it. Formerly the Mayfair Court Hotel, it enjoyed its fi rst glory days in the 1940s; now its distinctive architecture remains and it's a modern base from which to explore the city. House of Waine HIGH A boutique property offering great value, abundant character and a quieter location. It has only 11 rooms, which are tastefully decorated; the modern amenities complimenting traditional aspects. The gardens and swimming pool are lovely places to relax. Tribe Hotel HIGH A modern, business hotel for which we've negotiated very good rates. This is a well- located hotel ( close to the UN offi ce and US embassy), which offers good service and a nice place to stay in Nairobi. Kenya Kenya is justifi ably famous for being one of the best countries in Africa for wildlife- viewing. Its enduring popularity lies in its incredible diversity of habitats, its endless beauty and its world class hotels, lodges and tented camps. Most people are familiar with the Masai Mara, one of the best wildlife areas in the world, but there is stunning desert scenery in the Samburu area, and temperate mountain wilderness surrounding Mount Kenya. The Great Rift Valley dissects the country and its fl oor is lined with a string of salt and freshwater lakes, home to fl amingos and many other birds and animals. Kenya is also blessed with beautiful beaches and an amazing marine life. In addition, its location and the exceptional links offered by Kenya Airways make it perfect for combining with other African and Indian Ocean destinations such as Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, the Maldives or Madagascar. 60Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 Nairobi
Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com AFRICA | KENYA 61 The Masai Mara The Masai Mara is the fi nest wildlife sanctuary in Kenya. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure the animals are never out of sight. The wildlife is not confi ned to the reserve and wanders freely in the surrounding areas where the Masai people still live with their livestock - this close relationship between wildlife and people creates a wonderful harmony. Amid this natural wonderland you'll fi nd great herds of elephant, black rhino, Thompson's and Grant's gazelle, zebra, eland and many more species of plains game, offering a rich choice of food for the dominant predators - lion, leopard and cheetah - which hunt in the pristine wilderness, while the nearby Mara and Talek Rivers are home to many hippos and countless crocodiles. There is also a myriad of bird species recorded here, totalling 450 in all, and an unmatchable opportunity to add many rare animals to your list, such as bat- eared foxes and caracals. The Masai Mara remains one of our favourite wildlife destinations. Governors' Camp HIGH Africa's fi rst luxury tented safari camp, today offers excellent style and comfort. This is for those who want a traditional, luxurious safari experience. Choose from four camps in the heart of the reserve, all under canvas. Choose Governors' Private Camp for complete exclusivity. The private camp can only be booked by one group ( minimum four people) at a time, so it's yours to enjoy, with only the wildlife for company! Porini MID OUR CHOICE Porini offers two small, traditional safari camps in pristine wilderness areas. Both camps - Mara Porini and Porini Lion - offer traditional game drives, comfortable accommodation and, overall, a wonderful safari experience at an affordable price. Some of the best safari guides - we think - will show you the wildlife and, after a hard day's game viewing (!), you can come back to your small, friendly and comfortable camp. Mara Plains HIGH This is new to the scene, opened in 2008. It is great for those who want a small, exclusive experience. Due to our personal relationship with the owner of the camp, you can also learn about the valuable work that the tourism industry can contribute to the delicate eco- system while staying here and, if you want, enjoy non- stop game- viewing late into the night. Rekero HIGH This must be the premier camp in the Mara. It is in a lush area on the Talek River with expansive lawns and consists of eight tents on the river. The welcome is simply wonderful, the camp is large and spacious, with the dining area and all the tents superbly well appointed, though they don't feel over the top. It feels like home from the moment you walk in the door. Kicheche HIGH Two exclusive tented camps in the Mara. Kicheche Mara Camp sleeps 22 guests and is fantastically located in the wildlife- rich northern Airtong Plains region. A highlight of Kicheche Bush Camp is also its location, in a wonderfully remote area where big game wanders through the camp; this offers the ultimate back to nature experience ( in comfort)! Mara Balloon Safari Enjoy an adventurous early morning balloon fl ight over the Mara. It's peaceful, tranquil and very exciting! Flights last for an hour or so - followed by a champagne breakfast - and we can book it for you.